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Maureen Lehane
Vocal Awards 2016

uniquely rewarding potential, as well as achievement

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Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 2016

  1. Key Information
  2. Approved Images
  3. Biographies
    a. Judging Panel – Rosemary Joshua
    b. Judging Panel – Joan Rodgers
    c. Judging Panel – Malcolm Martineau
    d. Judging Panel – Saffron van Zwanenberg (Chair)
    e. Winner – Nardus Williams
  4. Winners 2016
  5. Finalists
  6. Vocal Awards Copy
    a. Short
    b. Long
  7. Previous Awards
  8. About Jackdaws Copy
  9. Testimonials
  10. Download all Copy
  11. Contact Details

 

 

1. Key Information

Winners of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards 216

L to R: Saffron van Zwanenberg, Leo Nicholson (Accomp Prize), Holly Marie Bingham (2nd Prize), Nardus Williams (1st & Audience Prizes), Rosemary Joshua, Sam Carl (3rd Prize), Joan Rodgers, Julian Jacobson

Winners
1st Place – £2,000
Nardus Williams, Soprano
2nd Place – £1,000
Holly-Marie Bingham, Mezzo-Soprano
3rd Place – £500
Sam Carl, Bass-Baritone
Accompanist Prize – £1,000
Leo Nicholson, playing for Sam Carl
Audience Prize – £250
Nardus Williams, Soprano

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards is a competition for young singers between the ages of 22 and 30, presenting a 20 programme of four pieces, with two set composers – Peter Wishart and G.F. Handel – with a final in the prestigious Wigmore Hall.

Dates
Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 October
Preliminary Auditions, Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Friday 28 October 2016
Final – 1pm at the Wigmore Hall

Judges
Rosemary Joshua
Joan Rodgers
Julian Jacobson
Saffron van Zwanenberg (Chair)

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3. Biographies

Judging Panel – Rosemary Joshua

Rosemary Joshua, credit Peter Warren

Rosemary Joshua, credit Peter Warren

Rosemary Joshua was born in Cardiff and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Royal College of Music, London, of which she is now a Fellow.

Since making her debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as Angelica Orlando, it is above all as a Handel singer that Rosemary Joshua has built her international reputation. She has sung Angelica for the Bayerische Staatsoper and The Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Poppea Agrippina at Cologne, La Monnaie and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; Cleopatra Giulio Cesare for Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Dutch National Opera; Ginevra Ariodante in San Diego and Moscow and the title role Semele to critical acclaim for the Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck Festivals, Flanders Opera, Cologne, the BBC Proms and for English National Opera. Most recently she has sung Partenope for ENO and Nitocris Belshazzar with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants on a European tour including the Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

Judging Panel – Joan Rodgers

Joan Rodgers, credit Rose Daniel

Joan Rodgers, credit Rose Daniel

Joan Rodgers is equally established in opera, concert and as a recitalist. She has appeared in concert with conductors including Solti, Barenboim, Mehta, Harnoncourt, Mackerras, Ashkenazy, Salonen, Rattle, Elder and Bolton. She has appeared in recitals and concerts throughout Europe and the USA. Operatic engagements

have included performances at all the major UK opera houses as well as in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna and the Metropolitan Opera, New York.

Her many recordings include albums of songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Wolf, Fauré and Mozart and the three Mozart Da Ponte operas with Daniel Barenboim and the Berlin Philharmonic.

Joan Rodgers received the Royal Philharmonic Society award as Singer of the Year for 1997, the 1997 Evening Standard Award for outstanding performance in opera for her performance as The Governess in the Royal Opera’s production of The Turn of the Screw and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Liverpool University in July 2005. Joan Rodgers was awarded the CBE in the 2001 New Year’s Honours List.

Judging Panel – Julian Jacobson

Julian Jacobson

Julian Jacobson credit Roger Harris

Julian Jacobson was born in Peebles, Scotland and studied in London from the age of seven with Lamar Crowson (piano) and Arthur Benjamin (composition), and had published four songs by the age of nine. From 1959 to 1968 he studied at the Royal College of Music where his principal teachers were John Barstow and Humphrey Searle. On graduating with the Sarah Mundlak Piano Prize in 1968 he took up a scholarship to read Music at Queen’s College, Oxford. At this time, he was also a founder member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Julian Jacobson is currently a professor of piano and chamber music at the Royal College of Music. He was Artistic Director of the Paxos International Festival, Greece, from 1988 to 2004, is Artistic Director of “Rencontres Musicales à Eygalières”, and teaches regularly at Cadenza Summer School at the Purcell School, North London. He has given masterclasses in Germany, Paris, Budapest (Franz Liszt Academy), Spain, Sweden, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, the Middle East, and on many occasions in Dartington.
http://www.julianjacobson.com

Judging Panel – Saffron van Zwanenberg

Jackdaws Artistic Director Saffron van Zwanenberg

Saffron van Zwanenberg

Saffron has been Artistic Director at Jackdaws since 2009. She trained at the RCM and is a 1st class associate, graduating from the Opera Course with Distinction. She then won a prestigious RCM Junior Fellowship sponsored by the Rosemary Bugden Foundation and has worked as a singer for many companies including Garsington, the London Handel society and the Aldeburgh Festival. At the same time she maintains a successful directing career and has directed shows for Garden Opera at the RCM and the RAM, a show at the Cochrane Theatre in Holborn as well as very diverse projects for Mid Wales Opera and ENO Baylis, and of course for Jackdaws.
http://www.jackdaws.org.uk/

Winner – Nardus Williams
Nardus Williams is a young soprano currently studying on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Yvonne Kenny, having previously studied with Lillian Watson and David Thomas. She is also mentored by Matthew Rose.

Winner of the Maureen Lehane Vocal Award 2016 - Nardus Williams, SopranoRecent performances include Messiah with the OSJ under John Lubbock at King’s Place and St John’s Smith Sqaure, Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar under Nicholas Kraemer, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder with the Kingfisher Sinfonia, and a number of recitals at St John’s Smith Square during their 2015/16 season. She was also a member of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2016.

A Park Lane Group Artist since 2015, Nardus will be giving a recital at the Wigmore Hall next year. She is also a Samling Artist, and performed in their showcase at The Sage, Gateshead earlier in 2016.

In 2017 Nardus will be performing the role of Donna Elvira at Opera Holland Park as a Christine Collins Young Artist.

She is generously supported by The Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers, and the Winship Foundation. Previous Scholarships include Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Help Musicians Maidment Scholarship and Helen Roll Charitable Trust.

4. Winners

1st Place – £2,000
Nardus Williams, Soprano

2nd Place – £1,000
Holly-Marie Bingham, Mezzo-Soprano

3rd Place – £500
Sam Carl, Bass-Baritone

Accompanist Prize – £1,000
Leo Nicholson, playing for Sam Carl

Audience Prize – £250
Nardus Williams, Soprano

5. Finalists

The 2016 Finalists, in alphabetical order by surname, are:
Claire Barnett Jones, Mezzo-Soprano (26) accompanied by Dylan Perez (26)

Holly Marie Bingham, Mezzo-Soprano (25) accompanied by Kaoru Wada

Sam Carl, Bass (24) accompanied by Leo Nicholson (28)

Sung Kyu Choi, Baritone (26) accompanied by Seungwon Lee (29)

Malachy Frame, Baritone (23) accompanied by Liam Crangle (24)

Catriona Hewitson, Soprano (26) accompanied by Jo Ramadan

David Ireland, Bass-Baritone (26) accompanied by Ed Whitehead (23)

Nardus Williams, Soprano (25) accompanied by Dylan Perez (26)

6a. Vocal Awards Copy – Short (224 words)

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at London’s Wigmore Hall will see Talented young singers from around the world competing for the £2,000 first prize on Friday 28 October at 1pm. Organised annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust, a Somerset based charity, the award is unique in its recognition of potential as much as achievement; many previous winners have progressed to highly successful singing careers.

Following preliminary auditions held over the weekend of 8th and 9th October, eight shortlisted finalists will each sing a 20 minute programme including works by Handel and Peter Wishart, in addition to two pieces of their own choice, for a panel of distinguished judges – Rosemary Joshua, Joan Rodgers and Julian Jacobson. The panel is chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, who said-

“2016 saw more applications than any year previously in the 24 times this Award has been presented. The quality of singing heard during the preliminaries was extraordinarily high, so the competition is sure to be close at the Wigmore Hall final.”

Prizes are – 1st place – £2,000; 2nd place – £1,000; 3rd place – £500; Accompanist prize – £1,000; Audience prize – £500. The 2016 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are possible because of the generous support from The Mercers’ Company, The Rosemary Budgen Charitable Trust, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists, Frome Voices and the Jackdaws Trustees.

6b. Vocal Awards Copy – Long (409 words)

The Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards at London’s Wigmore Hall will see Talented young singers from around the world competing for the £2,000 first prize on Friday 28 October at 1pm. Organised annually by Jackdaws Music Education Trust, a Somerset based charity, the award is unique in its recognition of potential as much as achievement; many previous winners have progressed to highly successful singing careers.

Following preliminary auditions held over the weekend of 8th and 9th October, eight shortlisted finalists will each sing a 20 minute programme including works by Handel and Peter Wishart, in addition to two pieces of their own choice, for a panel of distinguished judges – Rosemary Joshua, Joan Rodgers and Julian Jacobson. The panel is chaired by Jackdaws’ Artistic Director, Saffron van Zwanenberg, who said-

“2016 saw more applications than any year previously in the 24 times this Award has been presented. The quality of singing heard during the preliminaries was extraordinarily high, so the competition is sure to be close at the Wigmore Hall final.”

In addition to the First Prize of £2,000 there is a Second Prize of £1,000 and 3rd Prize of £500. The best accompanist on the day will also be recognised with a prize of £1000 and one singer will be presented with the Audience prize, voted for by audience ballot whilst the judges deliberate the overall winner. The 2016 Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards are possible because of the generous support from The Mercers’ Company, The Rosemary Budgen Charitable Trust, Cooper Hall Emerging Artists, Frome Voices and the Jackdaws Trustees, to all of whom Jackdaws are extremely grateful.

Originally launched as the Great Elm Vocal Award in 1992, the competition has undergone several changes in recent years; it was renamed the Jackdaws Vocal Award for 2010 before becoming the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards in 2011 in memory of mezzo-soprano and Jackdaws founder Maureen Lehane Wishart, following her death in December 2010. The newly renamed 2011 awards were combined with a Gala concert at St Georges, Hanover Square, to celebrate Maureen’s life and work. The finals have been held at the Wigmore Hall since 2006 to further their purpose, which has always been to support young singers between the ages of 22 and 30 making their move towards a career in opera.

Previous winners have been Mary Nelson (1995), Sarah Fox (1996), Christopher Maltman (1994), Andrew Kennedy (1999), Anna Leese (2006), Ruth Jenkins (2010) Marta Fontanals-Simons (2011) and Andrew Dickinson (2012).

7. Previous Years

Previous awards have been granted coverage by, among others, BBC Radio 3’s In Tune (24 Oct 2011) and the Singer Magazine as well as BBC Radio Somerset and The Somerset Standard .

The Jackdaws website contains a comprehensive list of every winner at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

8. About Jackdaws Copy (165 words)

Jackdaws Music Education TrustJackdaws core values are inspiration, access and inclusion, and our mission statement is “bringing music to life by enabling creative expression”.

Jackdaws Music Education Trust is based in Great Elm just outside Frome in Somerset, in an idyllic setting on the banks of the Mells Water.

Jackdaws is dedicated to improving and extending participation in and enjoyment of music. Throughout the year Jackdaws runs a programme of weekend music courses for instrumentalists and singers of all abilities, taught by tutors of the highest calibre.

We promote concerts and run a Young Artists programme featuring an annual opera and the prestigious Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards.

We also have a large youth and community programme which in 2015 saw three major projects make over 5,000 musical engagements with Somerset school children – “The Year of…”, and “Song Story” and OperaPLUS, which was voted the ‘Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2015’ at the Music Teacher Magazine Awards for Excellence. 2017 looks set to be our largest programme yet.
www.jackdaws.org.uk

9. Testimonials

“My passion for singing has not been short-lived and it has long been my dream to become an international opera singer. However, the training to help me to realise this dream is a long, not to mention expensive training. In 2009, I was awarded the 3rd Prize at the Great Elm Vocal Awards and the whole competition has been invaluable to my development as an artist. It is every singer’s dream to sing at such a world-renowned venue as the Wigmore Hall and this competition gave me the rare opportunity at the age of 22; walking out onto the stage of the Wigmore Hall was an experience that I will never forget and will always be one of the highlights of my career. I am currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music on the Master of Arts Preparatory Opera Course and the prize money that I was generously awarded in the competition has helped significantly towards my tuition costs for my masters degree. This profession is a highly challenging and competitive one but I feel that the help of the Jackdaws Vocal Awards and the experience that the competition gave me will allow me to continue to work hard in order to achieve my dream of becoming an international opera singer. “
Hannah Bradbury –third prize 2010. Now on Young Artist Programme Zurich

“I have fallen in love with Jackdaws – it is a magical place – and with the beautiful surroundings of the countryside there. I hope I will be able to return.” – Lucy Braga 2012

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11. Contact Details

Saffron van Zwanenberg
Artistic Director of Jackdaws, Chair of Adjudication Panel
saffron@jackdaws.org
Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, BA11 3NY
01373 812383 www.jackdaws.org.uk

Joshua Bishop
Projects & Digital Officer
josh@jackdaws.org
Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, BA11 3NY
01373 812383 www.jackdaws.org.uk